Update: Evacuations Lifted In Happy Valley Area

Evacuations have been lifted in Happy Valley, but they may be ordered again in the near future because a lot more destructive power is still lurking in an old barn. Redding Police have been investigating a series of burglaries, and they’ve also been trying to find the source of some plastic explosives found two weeks ago in a back yard off of Lake Boulevard. That connection has not been officially confirmed, but on Monday RPD Investigators following a lead arrived at a home on Happy Valley Road and asked if they could look around. They quickly discovered a large amount of explosives in a small barn on the property. Sheriff’s Captain Pat Kropholler says the materials include blasting caps, detonator cord, plastic explosives and a lot of TNT, which is potentially very unstable due to its age. It’s believed to have originated from the 60s or 70s before dynamite and other explosives became tightly regulated. Captain Kropholler says the homeowners recently moved in and they were not aware of the explosives. All the neighbors within a half-mile were under mandatory evacuation, as well as Happy Valley Elementary School, and area roads were closed while the disposal operation was underway. The material had been stowed in an inaccessible place, so the Shasta County Bomb Squad used their bomb suits to manually carry as much material out as they safely could, and they kept finding more throughout the day. It was transported to a safe place and detonated. Everybody has been allowed to return to their homes and Happy Valley Elementary School resumed classes. However, the Sheriff’s Office says a significant amount of explosives was left behind because the volatility makes it extremely dangerous to move. Plans will be made for removing the remaining materials sometime in the near future.

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